Not Dorothy Parker, but trying to sort it out

Now we speak of

“your truth”

“her truth”

“his truth”

“my truth”

Have we lost all affection for

THE truth or even SOME truth?

“All I want is the truth,

Just give me some truth”

 said John Lennon

Would we call that crazy today; and under-hyped?

What with people being labeled, pigeon-holed and stereotyped

Divided into categories, declaring how done wrong we all are………………………………………with a tinge of glee,

While creating new stereotypes for the opposition — how can this be?

Announcing how we must fight, fight, fight

in order to create utopia before the breaking news tonight.

in the name of progress and sanctimonious concern

What are we playing at?  What can we learn?

I hear the call to accept everyone’s truth; do not judge,

(while judging so harshly, refusing to budge)

and in the same breath condemn an alternate view

because only subjective reasoning is held to be true

Will we throw away commonsense and common ground

     for political gain and power unbound?

Will we turn our backs on the freedom we desired?

It kinda makes me sick

Truth is…. it makes me tired

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Almost a Recipe

Follow Your Heart non-dairy cheese

Trader Joe’s gluten free bread (the best I tell ya’)

Vegenaise

Lettuce

Trader Joe’s bread and butter pickles

It’s kind of like dessert since not a lot of vegetables going on here but it tastes really good and is vegan and gluten-free!

Attitude

Winter has hit

Gently

But firmly

Snow takes its place in the air and on the ground

I do not object

to the season

But is there really any reason

That it has to go on and on and on for months at a time?

Maybe it will be lovely all winter long

My attitude is in need of an upgrade

Stir Fry—just add rice

 

Stir-fry

Sauté mushrooms (12 oz package) for about five minutes and then add in any kind of   cut -up veggies you like.  I sautéed these in water.

Here is what I used:

1 stalk celery, including some of the leafy stuff

1 large carrot

about a half cup of onion

about a cup of cabbage

a crown of broccoli

a couple of tablespoons of jarred red pepper

Sprinkle on about 1/4 teaspoon of each (amounts are approximate – go with your own taste and judgment):

cumin

powdered red pepper

coriander

dashes of salt and pepper

and 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

For the sauce:

Blend the following:

1/3 cup peanut butter

2 teaspoons sesame oil

2 teaspoons safflower oil

2 tablespoons water

2 tablespoons white wine vinegar (rice vinegar would work great, too)

2 tablespoons coconut aminos (or other aminos or soy sauce

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon powdered red pepper

Once the veggies have softened a tiny bit, add in the sauce and cook until tender.

Add more water if you like.

FOR THE RICE:

Sauté 1 cup of long grain white rice in 1 tablespoon or so of Earth Balance (or butter) for a few minutes.

When rice glistens, add 1 1/2 cups of water and bring to a boil, then simmer for about   15-20 minutes until water is absorbed.  Remove from heat and cover with a               towel- covered lid.   (These are tips I used from a Cook’s Country episode — it should all make the rice fluffier and it seemed to work!)

Mix the rice in with the vegetables and it will be delicious if you like this sort of thing, which I do.

The sauce works well with noodles or pasta, too!

I usually include bamboo shoots but the canned brand I got (Reese) had this odor that I do not like so I skipped it.  I tried this brand years ago for mixed vegetables and it was the same — thought I’d give it a second change, but…no go.  Their water chestnuts seem fine, though, I think….unless those were La Choy.  I think maybe it is just a flavoring I don’t like and some people do like that — likely all a matter of personal preference.

Peas of any kind would be great, too, but, alas, I had none on hand.  This is the “minestrone” approach to stir-fry.

A New Cutting Board

Yay, toast! My husband cut this out of some leftover wood. So cool!

Managing

Imagine managing life

with a lightness of spirit

Imagine noticing how much I worry

and then moving on to actually noticing all the things around me and getting on with living!

It seems like a way to be more relaxed maybe even less

focused on what is going wrong or what could go wrong

The world is always, has always and may always be amazing and wonderful and at the same time:  an utter mess; before I arrived, while I’m here and after I leave……..so perhaps my obligation to the world is to be an enthusiastic participant.

The principle of moral proximity rings true to me.  I can be concerned without being responsible for all the stuff all over the world.

I can’t fix it all and make everyone be kind.  Period.  On certain days, I can barely manage me!

Here are Kevin DeYoung & Greg Gilbert on this concept:

Moral proximity refers to how connected we are to someone by virtue of familiarity, kinship, space, or time…. The closer the moral proximity, the greater the moral obligation…. [This principle] reminds us that we can’t possibly be the same kind of good neighbor to everyone in the world, nor must we. Supporting AIDS relief in Africa is a wonderful thing to do, but a failure to do so does not automatically make a church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a gospel-less, selfish church. But if that same church did nothing to help their people when the river flooded in 2008, then they do not understand the love of Christ. Moral proximity should not make us more cavalier to the poor. But it should free us from unnecessary guilt and make us more caring toward those who count on us most.

Simply Potatoes (no French; no fry)

So good. Pre-heat oven to 400 or even 405. degrees. Peel a potato, rinse; don’t dry; cut into whatever form you like, shake some salt on them and spread out on no-stick baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, flip them and bake for another 10 minutes. And just like that you have French-fries with no frying at all. Makes me wonder why we even need to fry them! Great flavor and texture.

Easy Mushrooms

img_8151Slice mushrooms and roughly cut up some sweet pepper.  Sauté these in a few tablespoons of water.  Add in about two tablespoons of coconut aminos (got mine from Trader Joe’s — least expensive brand that I’ve found).  Shake in spices of your choice — I like Alden Mill’s Garlic-Pepper but when I don’t have that I use an Italian seasoning mix along with a bit of black pepper.

Often I add onions – depends on my mood! 

This is good all by itself or added to a tossed salad or drizzled over mashed potatoes or rice.

(If you accidentally cook it a little to long and the water seems to disappear, add in some more water and this will pick up any dried spices and mushroom bits and it probably will taste even better.)

Good stuff — and easy to throw together.

 

I will help you reach spiritual, ethereal heights and you can pay me by the month.

I have given yoga a break and I do feel the loss as far as the structure and consistency.

It was definitely a great way to build strength and balance and I am grateful to my yoga instructor…

……and yet… after about four years, I found myself becoming increasingly impatient with the whole thing;

I felt somewhat annoyed that I mostly didn’t feel centered and calm and deeply moved at the appropriate times.

And the hour sessions were long!

I finally started wearing a watch because it helped me deal with the timing of it better —  –felt a little disturbing to not know how much time remained in the session.  (Don’t they deprive people of a sense of time in order to punish them or make them talk — give with the information?)

I wanted to feel more enlightened instead of slightly skeptical about the presentation – some things seemed just made up and I had to ask how is it possible to breathe into my thigh or some equally impossible task.

I still do some yoga on my own as part of daily exercise; because I think it has value but it got to be an expense I couldn’t justify . “I will help you reach spiritual, ethereal heights and you can pay me by the month.” Our yoga instructor taught me a lot and of course she deserved to get paid but there was an unnecessary pretense of being above all the economic realities.

Note:  One thing that would have made yoga less appealing would be to have a goat jump on my back.

 

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Dinner in 15 Minutes Flat — Melanie daPonte

Looks so good!  Had to share it 🙂

 

Here’s a re-post from way back in 2012 when I first started this blog: Ever wonder after a tiring day at work, what’s for dinner? Once in awhile I find myself wandering through my depleted larder without a plan. Today I found a large russet potato, waiting patiently in the dark cabinet. All I […]

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